Happy Tuesday everyone! We received some fun and interesting food gifts this year that I want to share with you. Not all of them have been sampled yet but we will be trying them in the days to come! So much food and so little time….
Check out these home made Honduran Tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Beautiful.
These tamales had (yes we ate all of them) amazing flavor and I would love to learn how to make them. Little cubes of potatoes, peas, chicken, rice and corn masa are wrapped up in banana leaves. I don’t know what seasonings were used but we loved these bundles of goodness! Tamales are now on my list of things to learn how to make. Fantastic!
A delicious assortment of Starbucks cocoa in three fun flavors. I tried the double chocolate and it was amazing!
A huge bowl of Meyer’s Lemons delivered to our front door elicited screams of delight from daughter Katy! I am not kidding, she gets so excited over these lemons every year. We will be using some to make the best Lemon Buttermilk Cupcakes you will ever eat! They get rave reviews from everyone who eats them. The rest of the lemons will be juiced and frozen in ice cube trays to be used and enjoyed through out the year. Soooooo – flavorful!
Dark chocolate rates high on my list. A little piece is so satisfying.
I enjoyed my sample sans wine and it was delightful! Dark, rich and no bitterness. Hubby Tom had his with a glass of wine and he was a happy camper. I’m not sure if the wine or the chocolate made him happy -hmmmm!
Have you seen these in the stores yet? This was a new product to me and I love these chickpea snacks. I like to make my own snacks of Spicy Roasted Chick Peas but The Good Bean has done all the work for me. Yummy! I will be looking for these in my local stores.
So far I have tried the Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper and love them both. Mmmmmmm so fun to munch on and pretty healthy too.
Not pictured are California pistachios- roasted and salted – a favorite snack in our house. Chocolate truffles, home made caramel corn – love that sweet and salty combo, home made biscotti and various bottles of wine! Needless to say our pantry is bursting right now and if we eat all of this stuff our pants will be bursting as well! Ha ha!
We can work off all those extra calories on our new treadmill! We decided we needed to get a treadmill so even on the cold, rainy days of Winter we can still get our walks in. What we love about the treadmill is being able to do intervals of speeding up and increasing the incline to maximize our work outs. As soon as my back recovers I will be back on the treadmill.
I am super excited about my iPad 2. Thank you hubby Tom! This thing is so amazing. I am on a learning curve here trying to figure out what all it can do and searching through all the apps available. The Kindle app allows you to download books – so convenient and very cool. Of course I am looking forward to having cookbooks and recipes on mine and using it in my kitchen. I’m thinking that having my magazine subscriptions on the iPad is a good idea. You don’t have to store them that way and no worries about hurting your back hauling a load of old magazines out to the trash. There are apps for tracking your food, calories and exercise. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out which ones to get. For now I downloaded a couple of free ones to try and one that was a nominal fee.
Daughter Katy has offered to iPad sit whenever I am not using it – we wouldn’t want it to feel neglected now would we?
My back is getting better everyday – still very sore but the pain is so much better today. I am extremely tired of being a couch potato. Once it warms up today I am going to try and go for a walk outside – not a power walk mind you – just a stroll. I have cabin fever in the worse way!
After all the rich and sweet food indulgences we are ready for simple fresh food. Salads, grilled chicken, fish, yogurt and fresh fruit are now back on the menu.
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What was a favorite gift that you gave or received?
Can you recommend any iPhone or iPad apps that you like?
We gave my parents a digital photo frame that I loaded up with photos! It was so captivating that I ended up going back and getting one for us!